STANDALONE SATURDAYS: FERRY LIFEBUOY & WIN A $20 GIFT CARD!

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Throughout the year, those who tag with #AllIslandsLife will have a chance to win some fun prizes, such as a $20 gift card to Starbucks (which happens to be this month’s prize)! 

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DON’T NEGLECT THE MAINTENANCE OF YOUR NEWLY CONSTRUCTED HOME

So, you’ve purchased a newly constructed home. Congrats! 

It’s super shiny, bright—and even smells like a new home (although apparently, not everyone likes the new home fragrance). Mission accomplished, right? Now, you can sit back, relax and enjoy without worry. Or can you?

Not exactly. 

While new construction often comes in a mostly worry-free package (at least in the beginning), that doesn’t mean you can completely mail it in when it comes to routine maintenance. For those of you who wish to stay on top of the “to-do list” and take care of your investment, I recently ran across this handy dandy article appropriately titled, “10 Ways to Maintain Your New Home.” The National Association of Home Builders published the piece, which covers everything from furnace filters to noisy water pipes. It may not be exhaustive, but it will hopefully help you move forward in your efforts and spawn additional ideas.

Just remember: Staying on top of your maintenance responsibilities can help you avoid costly expenses later on.

Questions or comments about new home maintenance or home inspections in general? Do you have anything you’d like to add to the list cited above? Go “All” in and tweet us (@AIHomeInspect).

3 QUESTIONS: ROOFING WITH TIMBERLINE CONSTRUCTION LLC

Every month, we seek to bring our readers insight from the worlds of home construction, home repair, and home maintenance straight from local Northwest Washington contractors in a segment we call “3 Questions.” Yep, you guessed it: we ask three questions, and the contractors answer them.

This month, in our inaugural edition of “3 Questions,” we spoke with Norman Flint—owner of Timberline Construction LLC—about some common roofing questions.”

Q1: What’s your favorite type of composition roof and why?
“Architectural composition is the most universal and widely used. It has longevity and looks good on a variety of buildings.”

Q2: What are your thoughts about pressure washing roofs?
“Pressure washing roofs tend to cause more damage than benefit. Moss treatment products are best applied early. Consistent maintenance for moss is a better approach. Once the moss gets rooted, it is a difficult process of scraping and light pressure washing. It is best to address moss in the dry months when the roots of the moss are dried out.”

Q3: For asphalt composition roofs, what are the most significant issues you discover when inspecting roofs coming to end-of-life? 
“The biggest problem with any roof coming to the end-of-life is that owners wait too long to replace them. This leads to a host of issues, ranging from (roofing) blow off, leaks, water damage, and rot-related issues.”

About Timberline Construction
Timberline performs full construction services for new construction and remodels, including services related to roofing, siding, decks, additions, etc. The company—started in 1990 by Norman—is based in Eastsound on Orcas Island, and serves Orcas Island, Shaw Island and the outer islands.

“We are a small, hands-on crew, which ensures quality for our customers,” Flint said. A big thanks to Norman and Timberline for their responses.

Questions or comments about roofing or home inspections in general? Go “All” in and tweet us (@AIHomeInspect).

ON THIS EPISODE OF ‘VERMIN ATE WHAT?’: REFRIGERANT LINE INSULATION

Vermin—particularly mice and rats—eat (or chew) on seemingly everything. Their varied diets and behaviors have frequently been a source of equal parts puzzlement and awe for me.

I’ve seen them devour electrical wires, wood, rubber…just about everything you can think of in a home.

Recently, I came across a home in Friday Harbor, Washington with vermin-damaged heat pump refrigerant line insulation. Vermin-damaged insulation is something I regularly see on the job, especially here in the Pacific Northwest, which is very vermin friendly. This particular issue was also exacerbated by a small opening near the damage where vermin could come and go into the house like Airbnb guests.

In this case, I recommended sealing or screening this open penetration to help safeguard against vermin intrusion/activity and having the insulation repaired and replaced.

Questions or comments about vermin intrusion or home inspections in general? Go “All” in and let us know at @AIHomeInspect

OH DEER(S)! ORCAS ISLAND DEER NEAR THE BEACH

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Throughout the year, those who tag their photos will have a chance to win some fun prizes. 

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Fun Facts Friday

  • Bananas are more effective in replenishing electrolytes than Gatorade. They also have serotonin and dopamine—chemicals that help you feel happy.
  • Every time you lick a USPS stamp, you ingest about 10 percent of a calorie. British stamps, however, contain about 5.9 calories. Israeli stamps are kosher.
  • Laughing boosts the immune system, burns calories and reduces stress hormones, making it a very healthy activity.

ONE WAY TO CREATE AN UNDERFLOOR LAKE IN YOUR HOUSE

So, the Koi Pond in the backyard isn’t enough, and you want to create an underfloor lake in your home as well? We have an easy solution: consider removing your washing machine’s drain pan!

However, if an in-home body of water isn’t part of your home renovation plans, the installation of a drain pan may be in order. Recently, during an inspection on Orcas Island, Washington, I came across this relatively common issue. Drain pans can help safeguard against water damage in the event of a future potential leak in laundry rooms. 

I’ve seen plenty of occurrences where this small, preventative measure could have saved homeowners lots of cash and peace of mind. Pans are readily available at home improvement stores, in plumbing supply outlets and online, and are simple to install.

Questions or comments about water damage or home inspections in general? Go “All” in and let us know at @AIHomeInspect

LOOKS LIKE THE TAPE MEASURER WAS BROKEN?

Almost there isn’t quite good enough for this ladder.

I recently discovered this unique version of an attic access hatch during a recent home inspection in Mount Vernon. The pull-down ladder in the garage was undersized and did not fully extend to the concrete slab below; furthermore, the pull-down ladder hatch did not close fully, which was a safety issue as the garage ceiling is considered a fire separation barrier between the garage and the home. 

In the home inspection, we have a very technical term for this: double trouble!

Questions or comments about attics or home inspections in general? Go “All” in and let us know at @AIHomeInspect

STANDALONE SATURDAYS: WILD ISLAND JUICE BAGELS AND BOWLS, ORCAS ISLAND

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Fun Facts Friday!

  • The first U.S. town to be completely lit by electric streetlights was Wabash, Indiana, in 1880. It had a population of 320 at the time.
  • Pablo Picasso carried a revolver loaded with blanks, which he would fire at whoever asked him what his work “meant.”
  • Artist Ivan Albright was so meticulous, he often worked with a single-haired brush and would spend whole days working on 1 square inch of canvas.
  • Simply taking 1 step uses over 200 muscles in the body.